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American Startup News for 10 Jan 2017

PayPal saw nearly $1 billionPayPal has tallied up all the charitable donations it processed during the recent holiday season. The online payment processing company announced that 8 million PayPal users from 181 countries donated... $971.21 million to 282,053 organizations at the end of 2016. Of course, that’s merely a fraction of the more than $7 billion in charitable giving […]
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Marijuana Industry Fears IfMarijuana industry players fear that if Jeff Sessions is confirmed as the next Attorney General he will shut down dispensaries with six months.
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This Travel Startup PlacesAfini is, first and foremost, an exclusive club. People apply to become a member and this gives them access to the company's collection of 25 large, luxury properties in 12 countries.
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Watch this guy spend 9 hoursThere are new ridiculous challenges popping on YouTube every week. Most of them naturally fall by the wayside. But not much of 2017 had to pass before an absurd tech one showed up: the Excel... challenge. Don’t try this one at home. YouTuber Hunter Hobbs decided he would open Excel and hold the down arrow […]
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Why Garmin gave creative aVB LIVE: The heart of your campaigns is effective creative — but are your campaigns being stunted by siloed departments? Learn more about how personal tech leader Garmin reshaped their marketing... department to gain huge marketing wins in our latest VB Live event. Register here for free. During her three years as global digital advertising and social […]
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Upcoming HTC 'Ocean Note'HTC is holding a launch event on Thursday where it will reveal several phones it plans to release this quarter. One of those handsets, codenamed “Ocean Note,” leaked on Weibo today (via Android... Police) with a surprising feature: a secondary “ticker” display located immediately above the screen. The ticker closely resembles the one found on LG’s […]
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Xbox One gets new backwardGet ready to dig through your collection of Xbox 360 games. Microsoft has made more Xbox 360 hits backward-compatible with the Xbox One. This means that you can put in a disk for a 360 game inside... your newer Xbox One console and still be able to play it. You can also install it to your […]
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Flipboard chases ChineseFlipboard, to further its appeal among users in China, has established a separate business unit in the Asian country called aptly Flipboard China. The new entity is a joint venture with communication... group BlueFocus and will result in a standalone product — essentially becoming its own startup. Since 2012, Flipboard has maintained an office in China, […]
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Here's How Working Women CanThere are several concrete ways women (and their allies) can advocate for themselves at work, in spite of resistance -- and even hostility -- from on high.
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Force Protection VideoPRESS RELEASE: Force Protection Video Equipment (OTCQB:FPVD) which sells HD body camera systems and accessories for law enforcement announced that it has received orders from an Indian nation in... Arizona, additional stocking order from our international...
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Remi is a smart bedside clockRemi is a smart alarm clock that trains your child how to sleep better. Made by Paris-based startup UrbanHello, Remi’s mission is be a friendly companion for a child that tells your child when it is... OK to wake up. The National Sleep Foundation found in a study that two-thirds of children under 10 have […]
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The Most Exciting ConsumerDrones that patrol property, drones that snap together like LEGO and drones for fishermen were unveiled at CES 2017 -- heralding the year that drones take over? Here's what you need to know in the... year of the drone.
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CBRE, the largest commercial real estate company in the world, made an interesting acquisition last week. The mega property development, management, and financing firm purchased Floored, a technology... startup focused on interactive 3D imaging. While specialized companies are often swallowed up by the larger players, real estate tech startups haven't made
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GoFundMe Buys Rival CrowdRise

Forbes - 10 Jan 2017 22:13
GoFundMe Buys Rival CrowdRise"There is a perfect synergy between GoFundMe's brand of person to person social fundraising and CrowdRise's expertise in fundraising for charities through peer-to-peer, race events and corporate... campaigns," said GoFundMe CEO Rob Solomon.
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The crazy, scary, wonderfulWe were driving at a normal speed in a parking lot in Las Vegas. A sensor in an old and boring minivan was connected to a receiver located on a traffic light, which was also in the trunk of another... minivan. The driver was speeding along, glancing down at a display. The car slowed ever […]
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How A Global Insurance BrandFor over 150 years one global insurance brand has been serving its customers. To be around that long, they must be doing something right.
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Hearthstone hears you:Fans have concerns, and Blizzard is ready to listen. Blizzard announced today that Hearthstone’s developers will host a live question-and-answer stream at 9 a.m. Pacific on January 13 on Twitch.... Blizzard plans to share insight on the state of the game, the new player experience (meaning how much fun those starting Hearthstone for the first time now […]
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The creator of Apple's SwiftChris Lattner, the creator of and project lead for Apple’s Swift programming language, today announced in a mailing list email that he will be leaving Apple later this month. Lattner has been at... Apple since 2005 and is currently senior director of the company’s development tools department, which works on, among other things, Swift, the […]
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Virtuleap hackathon generatesVirtuleap is running a global WebVR Hackathon that is yielding a wide variety of projects that allow virtual reality apps to be viewed via web browsers. The organizers created it to jumpstart the VR... industry by making it much more accessible. WebVR is an experimental JavaScript application programming interface (API) that provides support for VR devices like […]
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The 13-Year-Old EntrepreneurVideoAsia Newsom started her business, selling candles she bought wholesale from a distributor when she was 5 years old. She's now 13, producing her own candles, and projecting that her company will... earn $100,000 in revenue in 2017. (For 2016, she projected $70,000 - and made $69,128.30.) More importantly, she
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The dream of Ara: Inside theFEATURE: It looked nothing like an iPhone, or anything Apple might dare to make. On September 10, 2013, the day Apple unveiled the iPhone 5S, Dutch designer Dave Hakkens uploaded a video to YouTube to... promote his college graduation project: Phonebloks, “a phone worth keeping.” Hakkens imagined a smartphone made of interchangeable blocks, and each block […]
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GoFundMe acquires CrowdRise toGoFundMe on Tuesday announced the acquisition of CrowdRise, which will see the social fundraising platform extend to charities and nonprofits. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but... CrowdRise will remain fully operational and act like it normally has, just with a new parent company. “GoFundMe aims to be the giving layer of the […]
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Plume Labs' Flow tracks thePlume Labs unveiled its Flow air-quality tracker last week at CES 2017, the big tech trade show in Las Vegas. It is one of many air-quality trackers, but this one has an interesting twist. One Flow... device can scan the quality of air in your home or around you. But a bunch of Flows spread […]
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No matter what kind of business you're in, one of your main online marketing goals has to be driving traffic to your website. Your sales, conversions, brand awareness, email subscriptions and more... depend on it. Chances are, you're already aware of - and, hopefully, using - strategies like Google SEO, paid
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Microsoft's new privacyMicrosoft today launched a privacy dashboard that lets you manage and review all the activity data collected about you through its various products and services. The company also detailed privacy... improvements coming as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update. The privacy dashboard is web-based, meaning you can access it from anywhere with your Microsoft […]
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